While looking for news and views on the current mess in Iraq, I ended up distracted by a blog called “WeaponsMan”.
His qualifications to talk about guns? Here’s what he tells us:
WeaponsMan is a blog about weapons. Primarily ground combat weapons, primarily small arms and man-portable crew-served weapons. The site owner is a former Special Forces weapons man (MOS 18B; before the 18 series, 11B with Skill Qualification Indicator of S), and you can expect any guest columnists to be similarly qualified.
Our focus is on weapons: their history, effects and employment. This is not your go-to place for gun laws or gun politics; other people have that covered.
A lot of nonsense is written about weapons, especially on the Net. Rather than rail at the nonsense, we thought we’d talk sense instead, and see how that catches on.
Well, sir, it is indeed ‘catching on’, even as the brainless Left ratchets up their screaming spasms of irrational hyperbole when someone says “gun” or when a child pretends to have one using a piece of toast, or a little boy draws a picture of a weapon, causing apoplexy among the putative adults, the Big People In Charge who haven’t a clue, nor a cluebag to put it in.
These indoctrinated folk are becoming unhinged. We need more light and a lot less heat on this subject, but the places under the lamppost are few and far between.
I’ll get the Baron to add “WeaponsMan” to our blogroll. Meanwhile here’s a post from April, the only changes being my emphases and some formatting, plus an editorial comment. Or two.
10 Things about Murderers we Learned from “The First 48.”
Unlike most TV cop shows, this one showcases real murders, and therefore, real murderers. Here are 10 things about murderers that you’ll never pick up if you watch scripted TV shows, but any homicide cop could have told you:
1. Murderers are career criminals, usually. Criminals are generally pretty stupid people. For every Professor Moriarty in fiction, there’s ten thousand full-retard street criminals in the Lifer Wing of the jug. 2. Most victims don’t die for anything big. They are killed in petty disputes, or in the pursuit of de minimis thefts. 3. There’s usually a lot of emotion involved in a murder. The exceptions are the robberies. 4. A robbery turned murder is not, despite the show and even the cops using the term, a “robbery gone wrong.” It’s a robbery gone one of the two ways the robbers expected it to go; if some armed robbers never kill any of their victims, that’s strictly accidental. (This, then, suggests we ought to hit armed robbers a little harder in the sentence department; execution would work). 5. Victims’ lives often parallel their murderers’ [lives] closely. For example, those shot by dope peddlers are usually fellow dope peddlers. Others are victims of their own bad taste in romantic partners. A few had the bad fortune to own something shiny that caught the eye of Self Esteem Generation, who killed them to perpetrate thefts. 6. The younger the criminal, the more self-centered and depraved he or she tends to be.[Make that 99% “HE”. At the moment, girls don’t kill as often and when they do, they slash; they don’t like noise. However, with “gender equality” being shoved down our throats, look for gun numbers among violent gurrls to increase —D] 7. The entitlement culture is often comorbid in these young robbers. Sometimes a victim is a “striver,” trying to get ahead by honest means; the murderer never is. 8. Murder is a crime of bad neighborhoods, and the neighborhood is bad for the same reason the murders happen there: there’s a lot of untended human pathogens there. 9. None of the murderers have ever been productive human beings, and no good can come of releasing them some day. It would be more humane to put them down like rabid dogs, not least for their future victims. 10. There is an uncomfortable racial element to murder statistics that is highly visible in these case studies, but it’s hard to tease out any real racial effect from the pernicious effects of American urban and welfare policy.
There are also things we’ve never seen.
- We’ve never seen a murder done with a legally-bought firearm on the show.
- We’ve never seen a murder where the firearm precipitated the crime. (It may have contributed to hotheaded urban “disrespect” killings).
- We’ve never seen a suspect who turned out to be someone from the “gun culture” — considering how standard that plot point is in TV, it seems to be a screenwriter fantasy of a piece with the same guys’ dread of “Eurotrash neo-nazis,” a group which has the virtue, from Hollywood’s viewpoint, of being too small and nonexistent to pursue a defamation action.
Because The First 48 (the TV show linked above) deals with facts as they are, it’s nothing short of amazing that it’s allowed on the tube.
What he doesn’t say directly, though he alludes to it, is the origin of this nigh-incurable and metastasizing tumor on the body politic: the rapid spread of the welfare state via the socialists in Congress who voted in Lyndon Johnson’s destructive “War on Poverty”, an engagement Poverty has won, hands down.
That move by LBJ and the Dems was a cynical and successful ploy to buy the black vote. You can see some parallels to post-WWII Britain’s calamitous decision to vote in socialism before they — equally cynically — foisted off onto their indigenous population the destructive waves of mass immigration. That was floods of people who hated the host population. And America, a little slow on the uptake, is now seeing the same horror perpetrated on its citizens by the elite politicians. As in Britain, there won’t be any referendum here, either.
Like many of our American readers I am mighty tired of the litany of woe described endlessly by our intelligentsia. Some of what they preach is merely wrong, but not all. There is a large portion of deliberate obfuscation and lies. For them, any means to support their calamitous end of a gun-free America.
The Weapons Man gives hope: even in deep blue Massachusetts, they’re getting sick of being understanding about plain old ugly evil, as he points out. For the full context, though, this story is from The Boston Herald, not The Globe, the latter being perennially a blue rag mouthpiece for the elites. I read a headline on Drudge yesterday that says some of the illegal immigrant planeloads are being routed to Massachusetts. That should be… umm, interesting. For real fun, they ought to put them in South Boston and stand back. Two lovely Catholic cultures, Hispanic and Irish, who will lead the rest of us by their kindly lights.
Well back to my research on the situation in Iraq. That place Obama abandoned and crossed off his to-do list years ago, just as he is aiming to do in Afghanistan. See, the problem with BO is that he’s a lover, not a fighter. You can tell by the warmth of his down-to-earth style and his winning ways with the legislative branch… those “ways” include telling Congress to stick a sock in it since he won.
Have you ever seen a Pyrrhic victory that big? Unfortunately, it was so very large that it appears to have cut off the circulation to his head.
There’s so much out there about the meltdown in Iraq that it’s anyone’s guess if I’ll get the post up before the American embassy in Iraq closes. Oh wait… is there a video out there somewhere which will enrage a spontaneous crowd into… never mind. It doesn’t bear thinking about.